Monday, 6 June 2016

John O'Groats

Last time I visited John O'Groats (years ago),  it was deserted.   Today there's lots of life and lots of sunshine.

John O'Groats DSCF8225 John O'Groats DSCF8235 John O'Groats DSCF8231 John O'Groats DSCF8259

Around and about • Wick

Down at the Harbour

Around Wick DSCF8190 Around Wick DSCF8174 Around Wick DSCF8175 Around Wick DSCF8179

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Birthplace of the Golden Retriever

Guisachan Estate

Glen Affric DSCF8143 Glen Affric DSCF8138

Glen Affric

...where the local birds came looking for food and the hydro electric schemes made use of the flowing rivers

Glen Affric birds DSCF8019 Glen Affric DSCF8045 Glen Affric DSCF8077 Glen Affric DSCF8097

Friday, 3 June 2016

Cannich Caravan and Camping Park

A 2-night stop on this caravan site.   Lots of touring caravanners & campers and, again, lots of sunshine.  I liked the look of the 'Pods' but didn't get the opportunity to look inside any.

Near to Glen Affric for sightseeing or more energetic pursuits.  Food in the on-site cafe/restaurant was very good with friendly service.

Bog Cotton Cafe DSCF8006

Children's area DSCF8004

Pods DSCF8002

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Dundee characters P1040881Murraygate P1040901 Caird Hall P1040921Dundee Murraygate, Caird Hall and infamous characters

Monday, 30 May 2016

Camperdown Park

Well known for its trees,  Camperdown Park in Dundee was busy with families on this sunny day.

Camperdown trees P1040876

Camperdown trees P1040877

Thursday, 26 May 2016

L'Austral & Le Boreal in Mallaig and Skye.

I was slightly confused, thinking that the Ponant explorer ship anchored off Skye was L'Austral and had sneaked in from a different direction. Then another appeared over the horizon from the direction I'd originally expected. It turns out that Le Boreal had sailed down from Kyle of Lochalsh to visit Armadale.

Was this a historic moment that I was observing? Was this the first time the 2 sister-ships had met since Le Boreal returned to cruising? was this her first cruise since repair?

L'Austral arrives
L'Austral arrives DSCF7850

L'Austral arrives DSCF7883

and both ships visible, L'Austral with Le Boreal just visible.
Sister ships DSCF7886

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Cruise Ship 'Ocean Nova'

Ocean Nova in Oban DSCF7791seen in Oban, at the North Pier, today Ocean Nova in Oban DSCF7768

Glen Tarsan

Glen Tarsan in Oban DSCF7777Majestic Line's small cruise ship, Glen Tarsan, in Oban

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Caledonian Canal

Deep water DSCF7718

Pine marten and woodpecker

2 motion activated videos from this week- recorded over 3 consecutive nights. First, the pine marten stealing food from the bird table, watch the technique. Second, the birds arriving early the following morning, looking around warily, I wonder if the pine marten is still nearby?

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Scotrail train

Scotrail P1040807Corpach, near Fort William on the West Highland Line Scotrail P1040808

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Glen Etive in Tobermory

Glen Etive DSCF7610Glen Etive DSCF7581Majestic Line's new cruise ship, Glen Etive, in Tobermory. Glen Etive leaving Tobermory DSCF7614


Tobermory and Boudicca DSCF7606
MS Boudicca visiting Tobermory on the Isle of Mull
Boudicca DSCF7591

Monday, 25 April 2016

Broughty Ferry crow

Broughty crow DSCF7518 At the beach when the wind is creating a sand storm and it's difficult to stand upright.Broughty crow DSCF7516

MS Magellan in Dundee

A quick snapshot taken from Fife.  Cruise & Maritime's MS Magellan, moored in Dundee and the Tay road bridge. Magellan & Tay Bridge P1040788

Monday, 18 April 2016

Pilot boat, Skudefjorden

Norwegian pilot boat on MS Magellan's late evening arrival Norway pilot boat DSCF6685

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Cruise ship in Dundee

Magellan - Dundee DSCF6626MS Magellan arrives in Dundee.  Seen here sailing past Broughty harbour,  the Tay bridges in the background.

Busy beach

Broughty Beach DSCF6585A busy Sunday morning on the beach at Broughty Ferry.  Cold and sunny.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

MV Astoria anchored in Tobermory

MV Astoria DSCF6448An early season visitor to Tobermory on the Isle of Mull.  CMV cruise ship, MV Astoria is one of the oldest, classic cruise ships working today.

Kilchoan Harbour

Kilchoan harbour DSCF6418Waiting for the ferry